communications

February 19, 2024

Audit Committee Chairs Are Loud and Clear: Internal Audit Must Communicate Better 

I try to stay attuned to the expectations of audit committee members when it comes to their internal audit functions. Dating back to my days at […]
March 2, 2023

6 Things Audit Committee Members Often Won’t Say to Internal Audit

Relationships between audit committees and chief audit executives (CAEs) have become increasingly more complex as the risks facing organizations have become more diverse and dynamic. Indeed, […]
January 16, 2023

Are Internal Auditors to Blame When Boards Are in the Dark?

Over the years, I have spoken to countless board members about their roles and expectations for internal auditors. Most are complimentary of the internal auditors in […]
January 2, 2023

Six Tips for Internal Auditors When Delivering “Bad News”

In a recent blog, I observed that in many companies management and boards do not welcome – or even permit critical scrutiny by internal auditors. Fortunately, […]
August 31, 2020

When Lines to Internal Audit Fall Silent, It’s Time to Reach Out

As the COVID-19 pandemic extends further into the second half of the year, many of us have fallen into a grudging acceptance that disruptions to our […]
July 6, 2020

​Persuading Internal Audit Clients Just Got Harder

There’s an old expression — “when everyone shouts, no one listens” — that certainly rings true today. From politics to social media and even in grocery […]
September 19, 2019

When It Comes to Internal Audit Principles — The Stand Must Be Complete

In my previous blog post, I explored half of The IIA’s Core Principles in relation to the recent release of a new Practice Guide, “Demonstrating the […]
December 26, 2018

​”We Are Here to Help You”: Managing Relationships When Management Is Skeptical

“We are here to help you!” This phrase is often uttered at the opening meeting of a new internal audit engagement. The words seem so innocent, but […]